His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Republic of Ghana
13 January 2021
The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, would like to congratulate you on your re-election as the President of the Republic of Ghana.
While the recent elections are a testimony to a strong democracy, we urge you to strengthen press freedom and safety of journalists in the country.
In particular, we would like to take this opportunity to bring to your notice the inordinate, unexplained delay in the investigations into the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an investigative journalist working for Tiger Eye.
On 14 January 2019 Hussein-Suale was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Accra, as he was on his way home. A month after the killing police arrested six persons, but all of them were released due to lack of evidence. Since then, little progress has been reported about the police investigations. Moreover, as the police have not provided any further information, there is no clarity about the reasons for the delay in the probe.
We find the impunity in this case extremely disturbing. IPI has repeatedly urged your government to direct the police to bring the perpetrators to justice. The failure to investigate the murder of journalists casts a chilling effect on the press, preventing it from fully exercising its democratic function and denying the public’s right to information. The lack of progress in the investigation seriously undermines Ghana’s commitment to press freedom.
We therefore urge your immediate intervention in this case to order the police to expedite the investigation.
We fervently hope that under your leadership journalists will be able to work without fear and thereby continue to strengthen democracy in Ghana.
Ravi R. Prasad
Director of Advocacy